The serene city of Rancho Mirage packs a lot of punch. Teeming with world-class resorts, award-winning dining and an absurd amount of recreational activities, the sophisticated oasis makes the perfect getaway for all types of travelers. In fact, Rancho Mirage has always been a magnet for famous faces—like Ginger Rogers, Gerald Ford and Sidney Sheldon—and still serves as a stomping ground for those seeking the finer things in life. With some of Greater Palm Springs’ most exciting attractions within the city limits, Rancho Mirage offers plenty of interests for all ages.

Sunnylands

Visitors as well as political leaders—from Colin Powell to President Obama—are drawn to the beautiful world of Sunnylands, regularly visiting the attraction for work and pleasure. Known for its high-profile political retreats attended by world leaders and stunning landscape, the 200-acre estate is home to a nine-acre lush garden with walking paths, dozens of plant species and nine-hole golf course played by the famous from all around the world. Tours of the historic home are a must; and rotating exhibitions show the vast collection of historical treasures to be found.

Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

Kids often feel like bite-size prisoners when towed to museums, but little ones cry freedom when released in the exciting and beyond-cool Children’s Discovery Museum. With 80 interactive exhibitions that include a rope maze, rock climbing, gravity ball fall and loom weaving (among many other stimulating activities), the hands-on museum inspires and impresses children who relish fun with an educational bonus. Even parents find themselves fascinated with the museum’s workshops and tailor-made programs, so allow your imagination to run wild.

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Rancho Mirage Amphitheater

If anyone knew how to get a crowd together, it was the Romans, who built the world’s first amphitheater thousands of years ago, and Rancho Mirage Amphitheater is considered even better than the original (for one, it’s not entirely made of stone, and no one is forced to a joust). Seating up to 1,000 guests, the high-tech and modern amphitheater has killer acoustics and an intimate stage, not to mention a children’s play area, pickle ball courts and exercise stations. Naturally, the top-notch performances here are all the buzz.

Agua Caliente Casino and Entertainment

The odds are in your favor at Agua Caliente Casino Resort. Not only is this world-class casino home to dozens of table games, high-limit rooms and jingly slots, the resort bangs out some excellent entertainment in its theater, The Show, including concerts featuring top acts like ZZ Top and Cyndi Lauper and sporting events like mixed martial arts. Pack your bathing suit as the resort’s popular pool party offers a wet and wild time with cabanas, bottle service and even contests and prizes.

Golf

Some locals say Rancho Mirage is one big golf course and, well…. it’s not entirely inaccurate! More than a dozen, world-class golf courses sprawl throughout the city, making it the perfect destination to tee off, whether just beginning or being as masterful as a pro. From hugely popular golf destinations like Rancho Mirage Country Club, and the Pete Dye and Gary Player greens at Westin Mission Hills Resort, these notable courses have lured golf aficionados for decades.

There’s nothing like golfing with the stunning desert canyon backdrop of Rancho Mirage, so pack your clubs to experience the wonderful sport in a breathtaking, dynamic city. Each spring, gather at Mission Hills Country Club for the LPGA top-rated ANA Inspiration tournament, the only host course of a major on the same course other than Augusta, with the world’s leading women professionals and the famous jump into Poppie’s Pond.

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Photos Courtesy of: The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, Mark Davidson and Paul Hester